Influenza

Child receiving flu vaccine

Stay Healthy, Prevent Flu

Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by a virus that affects the nose, throat, and lungs. Influenza spreads from person to person when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Unlike the common cold, the flu can cause serious illness and can be life-threatening. Each year over 36,000 people in the U.S. die from complications of the flu.

Did you know that it takes about two weeks after getting the flu vaccine for it to be fully effective? Get vaccinated as soon as the annual flu vaccine is available and protect yourself from getting the flu. Everyone 6 months or older should get a flu vaccine.

Find a Flu Vaccine Clinic for Adults Near You

 Sponsoring Agencies

Orleans, Essex VNA & Hospice (OEVNA) – Offers vaccination to all adults in Newport (Orleans County). Appointments prefered, walk-ins welcome (46 Lakemont Road, Newport). Phone: 802-334-5213
VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSWR) – Rutland, Dorset, Manchester and Bennington Offices. Phone: 802-770-1536
Date County Town Time Location Sponsor
10/28/17 Orleans Coventry 9:00-11:00am Coventry Town Clerks Office OEVNA
11/4/17 Washington Berlin 10:00-11:00am Central Vermont Home Health CVHHH
10/20/17 Rutland Rutland 9:00-12:00pm Rutland VNA Office VNAHSWR
10/23/17 Bennington Manchester 1:00-4:00pm     Manchester Health Services (VNA) VNAHSWR
10/27/17 Rutland Rutland 9:00-12:00pm Rutland VNA Office VNAHSWR
10/30/17 Bennington Manchester 1:00-4:00pm     Manchester Health Services (VNA) VNAHSWR
11/1/17 Rutland Rutland 11:00-1:00pm Godnick Center VNAHSWR

In This Section

The best way to prevent flu is to get a flu shot. Flu vaccine helps reduce flu illnesses, doctor's visits, and flu-related hospitalizations and deaths.  

In this section you will find information about symptoms and treatment of the flu, and how to know if you're sick with a cold or the flu.

Here you will find guidance on the use of rapid flu tests, antiviral medication, infection control and how to report flu to the Health Department. 

The Health Department provides weekly flu surveillance reports and information about the geographic spread of the virus. Also find more information about laboratory testing for influenza here.

In this section you will find information that describes pandemic flu, and outlines how to prevent the spread of the virus and how to prepare for a pandemic.